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Indian Fish - Ever used your points on AA to fly to India. Torn between saving the miles for European vacations vs. saving money when visiting family. Use the miles or fly on a cheap airline???

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AA flight to India sucks from what I have heard

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Don't use points for travel to Asia. Save them for domestic flights.

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Never fly AA to India. Worst mistake I ever made

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If you fly through Asia, the AA b class to HKG is pretty quality, highly recommend it

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Only 45,000 AA miles one way to India on Etihad or Qatar. Not a bad deal since Europe is ~40,000 points.

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On the contrary if you want to splurge, go for Qatar or Etihad business class. The routes to India are often 2 class and you get treated like royalty

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I suggest you walk/swim to india than take a chinese airline

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I don't think AA flies to India, all I see is Qatar or BA, both of which are better than AA. I'm planning to buy a Qatar flight and use points to upgrade to biz

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D1, BA is definitely not better than AA... it's basically a low cost carrier at this point

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AA doesn't fly to India anyway, so it's not an option. You can redeem their points for Partner airlines (All OneWorld + Etihad)

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^It does flew for Chi to New Delhi

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Jet airways sells cheap fares and it's usually delta / virgin/ klm / air france to european hub and then to india

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Whatever you do, never take the Air India flight direct from here to India.

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Thanks for prompt suggestions. Have to fly with SO, but hate having to spend so much for a trip which I am sure I wouldn't enjoy (have a lame wedding to go to). Instead want to save my vacation budget for other stuff. Will not fly AA based on all good advice here. Maybe a Chinese airline 😞

Lol C1. Heard from a buddy that his trip want too bad. Do you have a tip on scoring cheap tickets on others

Oh really? Good to know, their flight from my city is much shorter so was considering but prefer Qatar

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